Michael Franti And Spearhead Release Updated Video For ‘Same As It Ever Was (It Starts Today)’

Photo Credit: Chelsea Klette

Photo Credit: Chelsea Klette

Michael Franti and Spearhead re-issued this week the powerful video for its song ‘Same As It Ever Was (It Starts Today).’

The video was re-worked to include footage of recent high profile cases involving police shootings and also features the song’s lyrics along with footage of Franti walking an anonymous city’s dimly-lit streets.  Franti sat down recently with Billboard to discuss the song and its new video.  While there he held an intimate acoustic performance of the song that can be seen here.  Since neither Franti nor the reporter was hooked to a mic, audiences will have to turn up the volume in order to hear them.  The newly re-worked music video meanwhile can be seen via Franti’s official YouTube channel.

Courtesy: Fantasy Records

Courtesy: Fantasy Records

Michael Franti and Spearhead is currently touring in support of the group’s new full-length studio recording Soulrocker.  The band will be in Nashville, Tennessee tonight and Louisville, Kentucky tomorrow.  The group’s tour currently runs through September 18th in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  The group’s full tour schedule is noted below.

 

Here are the in-progress dates for MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD on tour.

 

DATE                         CITY                                       VENUE

~~Fri 7/22 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium
~~Sat 7/23 Louisville, KY Iroquois Amphitheater
~~Sun 7/24 Columbus, OH Express Live!
~~Tue 7/26 Birmingham, AL Avondale Brewing Company
~~Wed 7/27 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
Fri 7/29 Kaslo, BC Kaslo Jazz Festival
*Wed 8/3 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre
Thu 8/4 Mammoth Lakes, CA Mammoth Festival
**Fri 8/5 Flagstaff, AZ Pepsi Amphitheater
**Sat 8/6 Durango, CO Three Springs
**Sun 8/7 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Tue 8/9 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden
**Thu 8/11 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
**Fri 8/12 Troutdale, OR Edgefield
Sat 8/13 Tamarack, ID The Huckleberry Jam
**Tue 8/16 Missoula, MT Big Sky Brewing Company
**Wed 8/17 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
**Fri 8/19 Lake Tahoe, NV MontBleu Resort & Casino
Sat 8/20 Lincoln, CA Thunder Vibes
**Sun 8/21 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
**Tue 8/23 Rohnert Park, CA Sonoma Mountain Village
~Wed 8/24 Lancaster, CA Antelope Valley Fair
**Thu 8/25 San Luis Obispo, CA Avila Beach Resort
**Fri 8/26 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
Sat 8/27 Tucson, AZ The Rialto Theatre
!Sun 8/28 Santa Fe, NM The Santa Fe Opera House
Fri 9/2 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot
Sat 9/3 Jacksonville, OR Britt Pavilion
Sun 9/4 Arcata, CA Van Duzer Theatre
Sept 15-18 Victoria, BC Rifflandia

* w/ G. Love & Special Sauce

** w/ Zella Day

~ w/ Iration

~~ w/ Marc Scibilia

! w/ Lila Downs

 

 

More information on Michael Franti and Spearhead’s new video is available online now along with all of the band’s new tour dates, news and more at:

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaelfranti

 

 

 

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Verbeuren Named Megadeth’s New Permanent Drummer

Courtesy: Soilwork/Nuclear Blast Records/Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Soilwork/Nuclear Blast Records/Adrenaline PR

It looks like the Megadeth drummer carouse has finally stopped spinning.

The band has announced that Dirk Verbeuren is the band’s new full-time drummer.  In taking on the new position Verbeuren has stepped down as a member of Soilwork.  In his place drummer Bastian Thusgaard has been tapped to take over drumming duties for the band.  Verbeuren has been performing with Megadeth in recent months, taking the place of Chris Adler (Lamb of God), who had originally filled in after Megadeth’s previous full-time drummer Shawn Drover left the band alongside guitarist Chris Broderick in 2014.  The pair went on to form Act of Defiance with vocalist Henry Derek and bassist Matt Bachand.

Soilwork front man Bjorn “Speed” Strid shared his thoughts on Verbeuren’s departure in a statement released to the press.  He was completely supportive of the decision both on the part of Megadeth and Verbeuren.  “In regards to the statement Megadeth released yesterday, confirming that Dirk will join them as their full-time drummer, I just want to take the time to wish Dirk good luck on this new venture and thank him for 12 great years together,” he said.  “Together we have created a beast of a band and have pushed the limits musically further than we ever could have imagined.”  Strid also made mention of Thusgaard’s new appointment with the band in his statement, noting “Meanwhile, I’m sure many of you have seen us at a festival in Europe this summer with our friend, Bastian Thusgaard filling in on drums and I’m sure we can all agree on what a monster he is. Thank you Bastian, you are absolutely killing it. Check out the remaining festival dates and come see us. We’ll be there. Thank you.”

Verbeuren was just as warm in his thoughts on his time with his now former band mates in his own statement.  He also offered up his thanks to his new band mates, and fellow musicians in making his transition.  “They say the biggest decisions in life are the hardest to make,” he said.  This decision falls under that category. As a drummer I’ve always enjoyed the evolution of my path. The past twelve years with Soilwork have been incredible, a portion of my life I honor with pride. When I was approached to join Megadeth- a childhood dream come true and something I never anticipated. I was beyond excited to even consider the realm of possibility. But truth be told, I couldn’t have rightfully made this step without the support and blessing of my Soilwork family. For that I owe a huge thank you to Bjorn, Sven, David, Sylvain and Markus. You have allowed me to see what lies ahead, and you’re my brothers in metal. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth and for your encouragement and support. Dave, David and Kiko, I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled to perform and create badass music with you guys. To the fans, this is a new chapter for us; I hope we can enjoy this ride together!”

In regards to what fans have to expect from Soilwork and its sound as it moves ahead Strid had the following to say:   “In the recent years Soilwork have found new ways of expressing ourselves and as much as of a cliché it is, I strongly believe that this is very much of a new era for us and that we still have so much left to say, whether it being with or without Dirk. This band has grown to be quite a metal collective and an institution that paves the way creatively and we hope that you, the fans, can feel the presence and the heart in our music still to this day. Believe me, it’s there. I can assure that you will forever get 100% Soilwork, as long as we release albums. We aim to surprise ourselves and the listeners by constantly developing our sound and songwriting, something I believe we have succeeded in doing and yet remained true to our roots. That is something to be proud of and we are. We appreciate all our loyal fans and are excited that so many of you share our musical vision.”

Soilwork has a string of festival dates currently scheduled for August.  Those live dates will be followed up soon after by a short string of UK dates with Arch Enemy.  It will have one headlining date on that schedule, too.  After that stretch the band will take some time off before launching a South American tour on September 9th in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  The tour is currently scheduled to run through September 20th in Guadalupe Inn, Mexico.  The band will take off the rest of the year after wrapping that tour and will then go back out on the road for a European tour with Kreator, Sepultura, and Aborted beginning February 1st in Metz, France.  That tour is currently scheduled to run through March 4th in Essen, Germany.  The band’s current live schedule is noted in full below.

 

SOILWORK 2016 International Festivals and Headliners:
8.14.2016 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
8.19.2016 Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – SummerBreeze Open Air
8.20.2016 Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival
 
SOILWORK August 2016 UK Tour with ARCH ENEMY:
Tickets available from seetickets.com
 
8.21.2016 Norwich, UK -Waterfront w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.22.2016 Sheffield, UK – Corporation w/ ARCH ENEMY

8.23.2016 Cardiff, UK -Tramshed w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.24.2016 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.25.2016London, UK – The Underworld (tickets) (headline – NO ARCH ENEMY)
 
SOILWORK in South America:
9.9.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Treato Odisseia
9.10.2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club
9.11.2016 Curitiba, Brazil – Music Hall
9.13.2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Uniclub
9.14.2016 Montevideo, Uruguay – MM Box
9.16.2016 Santiago, Chile – Blondie
9.17.2016 Lima, Peru – The Blood
9.18.2016 Bogota, Columbia – Auditorio Lumiere
9.20.2016 Guadalupe Inn, Mexico – Lunario
 
KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, ABORTED European Tour:
Presented by: EMP, ESP, Meinl, Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Metal + Wine, Metalnews.de, Musix, Nuclear Blast, Peta, Piranha, RTN-Touring, Tätowiermagazin, Visions.
 
2.1.2017 Metz, France – B.A.M.
2.2.2017 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
2.3.2017 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
2.4.2017 Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
2.6.2017 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
2.7.2017 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
2.10.2017 Helsinki, Finland – Black Box
2.11.2017 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
2.12.2017 Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
2.13.2017 Vilnius, Lithuania – Siemens Arena
2.15.2017 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
2.16.2017 Wien, Austria – Gasometer
2.17.2017 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
2.18.2017 Berlin, Germany – Columbia-Halle
2.19.2017 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z 7
2.21.2017 Trezzo, Italy – Live Club
2.22.2017 Grenoble, France – Summum
2.23.2017 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
2.24.2017 Madrid, Spain – Riviera
2.25.2017 Toulouse, France – Bikini
2.26.2017 Paris, France – Bataclan
2.28.2017 Manchester, UK – Academy
3.1.2017 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
3.2.2017 London, Uk – O2 Forum
3.3.2017 Balen, Belgium – Torhout
3.4.2017 Essen, Germany – Grugahalle

Death Resonance, Soilwork’s new compilation record, will be released Friday, August 19th via Nuclear Blast Records.  Audiences can pre-order the record online now here.  Audiences can also order the band’s most recent album The Ride Majestic online on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.  While ordering the band’s new music audiences can also check out the videos for a pair of songs from The Ride Majestic—‘Death in General,’ and ‘Enemies in Fidelity’—online, too.  The album’s title track is streaming online, too via YouTube.

More information on Soilwork’s upcoming tour dates, music, and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.soilwork.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/soilwork

Twitter: http://twitter.com/soilwork

 

 

 

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Leprous Announces New Live Dates; Offers Update On Live DVD

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Leprous North American Tour 2017 Tour Poster

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leprous has announced a new, extensive, tour schedule.

The Norwegian prog-metal band has announced an extensive new tour schedule.  The tour includes a 23-date North American headlining tour beginning Tuesday, September 27th in Atlanta, Georgia.  The tour will take the band throughout both the United States and Canada and wraps Saturday, October 27th in Mexico City, Mexico.  The band is also scheduled to perform at a trio of festivals, one of which is in the midst of that North American tour.  The other two festivals come ahead of and following the band’s upcoming tour.  After the band wraps  its North American Tour it will take off the rest of the year in order to rest and recharge for its European tour with Between The Buried and Me and Devin Townsend Project.  That tour launches January 28th in Antwerpen, Belgium and runs through March 10th in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  Vocalist and keyboardist Einar Solberg discussed the European tour in a recent interview noting, “We’re very happy to be a part of such a fantastic tour package, and it will be pure joy to play together with both Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend Project! We believe this tour can help us up to the next level, and that there are many potential new followers to convince here!”  Both of the band’s upcoming tour schedules are noted below.

 

Here is a list of all upcoming shows for LEPROUS:
 
LEPROUS – European festival dates 2016:
08.11.2016 Josefov (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Open Air / www.brutalassault.cz
09.03.2016 Bryne (Norway) – Brynerocken / www.brynerocken.no
11.04.2016 Barcelona (Spain) – AMFest / www.amfest.es
LEPROUS – North American headline tour with Earthside, Binary Code and Dissona:
09.27.2016 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl at Center Stage
09.28.2016 Baltimore, MD – Cafe 611
09.29.2016 TBA
09.30.2016 New York City, NY – Gramercy Theater
10.01.2016 Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theater
10.02,2016 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
10.03,2016 Montreal, QC – TBA
10.04/05.2016 Quebec City, QC – TBA
10.06.2016 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
10.07,2016 Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
10.08.2016 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
10.09.2016 Minneapolis, MN – TBA
10.11.2016 Calgary AB – Distortion
10.12.2016 Vancouver, BC – Red Room
10.13.2016 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
10.14.2016 Portland, OR – High Water Mark
10.15.2016 San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall
10.16.2016 Los Angeles, CA – Complex
10.17.2016 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
10.19.2016 San Antonio, TX – Rockbox
10.20.2016 Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats West
10.21.2016 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
10.22.2016 Mexico City, MX – Foro Indie Rocks * LEPROUS only!
LEPROUS – European tour with Devin Townsend Project and Between The Buried And Me:
01.28.017 Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix * No BTBAM
01.30.2017 Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
01.31.2017 Paris (France) – Bataclan
02.01.2017 Bordeaux (France) – Rockschool Barbey
02.03.2017 Madrid (Spain) – La Reviera
02.04.2017 Barcelona (Spain) – Razzmatazz 2
02.05.2017 Marseille (France) – Le Moulin
02.07.2017 Milan (Italy) – Live Club
02.08.2017 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
02.09.2017 Stuttgart (Germany) – LKA Longhorn
02.10.2017 Munich (Germany) – Backstage
02.12.2017 Zagreb (Croatia) – Tvornica Club
02.13.2017 Budapest (Hungary) – A38
02.14.2017 Vienna (Austria) – Arena
02.16.2017 Prague (Czech Republic) – The Roxy
02.17.2017 Leipzig (Germany) – Täubchenthal
02.18.2017 Kraków (Poland) – Kwadrat
02.19.2017 Warsaw (Poland) – Stodola
02.21.2017 Hamburg (Germany) – Grünspan
02.22.2017 Aarhus (Denmark) – Voxhall
02.23.2017 Göteborg (Sweden) – Pustervik
02.25.2017 Bergen (Norway) – Blastfest
02.26.2017 Oslo (Norway) – Sentrum Scene
02.28.2017 Helsinki (Finland) – The Circus
03.01.2017 Seinajoki (Finland) – Rytmikorjaamo
03.03.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) – Berns
03.04.2017 Malmö (Sweden) – KB
03.05.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Amager Bio
03.07.2017 Berlin (Germany) – Columbia Theater
03.08.2017 Dortmund (Germany) – FZW
03.09.2017 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – 013
03.10.2017 Amsterdam (The Netherlands) – De Melkweg

 

Along with its upcoming tour dates, the band is also putting the finishing touches on its new live DVD, which is currently set to be released later this year.  Its title has not yet been revealed.  Solberg discussed the DVD in his interview, too noting what fans can expect from the recording in comparison to so many other live recordings out there.  “The recording of the DVD went great, and it was one of the best nights of our career so far!,” he said.  We just received the rough mix of the Audio, and we can tell that it’s definitely approved. On most live albums these days, bands are re-recording most of the stuff afterwards in the studio, to make it sound “perfect”. For us that’s out of question. We wanna keep the live feel, especially to give a big contrast to the rather “perfected” studio albums! Definitely more organic!”

Leprous’ new live DVD and its upcoming tour are in support of its most recent full-length studio recording The Congregation.  It is still available now in standard jewel case CD, digital download, limited edition Media Book CD, and 2LP platform.  The 2LP platform also includes a bonus track titled ‘Pixel.’  The album can be purchased in physical  form throughout Europe from the IOM web shop.  While audiences await the band’s upcoming live dates and live DVD, they can check out the video for ‘The Price’ now here.  It is one of the songs included in the body of The Congregation.  Audiences can also view the lyric video for ‘Slave’ online via the band’s official YouTube channel.  ‘Rewind’ is streaming in full now also via SoundCloud.

More information on Leprous’ upcoming tour, live DVD, news, and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.leprous.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leprousband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/leprousband

 

 

 

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‘Full Throttle Saloon’ Season 6 Goes Live Online Today

Courtesy: Reelz Channel/YouTube

Courtesy: Reelz Channel/YouTube

It’s time to rev up those engines once again, everyone!  The Sixth season of Full Throttle Saloon hit YouTube today.

Season Six of the hit “reality series” Full Throttle Saloon is streaming online now via YouTube.  The four-episode season goes live today here.  It takes viewers through the bar’s 75th anniversary.  The whole thing ends with a round table discussion with Michael, Angie, and Jesse as well as some powerful footage of the fire that destroyed the bar, which for so many years had been the nation’s biggest biker bar.  The bar is currently being rebuilt on 600 acres right next to the historic bear Butte Mountain.  Jesse James Dupree helped bring Full Throttle Saloon to television with the bar’s owner Michael Ballard.  He was upbeat when discussing what audiences have to anticipate upon the bar’s completion.  “We have camping, an Olympic size swimming pool, convenience store, and a huge concert schedule, featuring the likes of Ted Nugent, Zakk Wylde, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Sevendust, and Jackyl,” he said.  Ballard shared his thoughts on what audiences have to anticipate in the series’ sixth season, especially considering its move to Reelz network.  “For every one person that gets to go to Sturgis, there’s a thousand at home that get to go through watching the TV show. A lot of people had a hard time finding last season’s show because it had moved to a different night and a different network,” he said.  “We hope everyone that missed last season or wants to see it again will enjoy our YouTube stream.”

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Website: http://www.fullthottlesaloon.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/ftssturgis

 

 

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ALY Could Be Anything But Alien To Audiences Thanks To ‘Alien Architect’

Courtesy:  EM Label Group/Mirage M'Hal Records

Courtesy: EM Label Group/Mirage M’Hal Records

Support independent music.  Who hasn’t heard or spoken those words at one point or another when discussing the acts being played across America’s major corporate radio stations?  For all of the acts that are lucky enough to get their music on the radio there are just as many independent acts out there working to make a name for themselves.  This includes acts both signed and unsigned.  One of the most notable of those many acts is a band known as Another Lost Year.  The Charlotte, North Carolina-based band was recently signed to Megadeth Bassist Dave Ellefson’s new record label EMP Label Group.  And its new album Alien Architect will be released via EMP Label Group.  This twelve-song, forty-four minute record is a prime example of why independent acts deserve just as much support as the acts being played over and over again today on America’s major radio stations.  The album’s songs boast a decidedly radio ready sound from one to the next.  Its lyrical themes will grab listeners just as much as that radio ready sound exhibited in its songs.  All things considered Alien Architect is a record that in the end could very well earn Another Lost Year many new years of success given enough support.

Alien Architect is not Another Lost Year’s first full-length recording.  It is however, a record that could very well earn the band many years of success.  But that will only happen if the band, signed to Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s independent label EMP Label Group gets enough support.  That is clear right from the first of the twelve-song (technically eleven since the album’s first track isn’t even a song, but a sample) record’s full compositions, ‘Wolves.’  In terms of the song’s musical arrangement it boasts a song that can easily be compared to that of Breaking Benjamin and certain other acts.  It is a very high-energy arrangement that serves to make the song a solid opener for the album.  The song’s lyrical content is just as interesting.  It solidifies the song’s overall frame even more as front man Clinton Cunanan addresses someone who is a bit too hung up on himself or herself.  That is inferred as he sings over the song’s driving musical arrangement, “I’m breaking the lock on broken bones/You carry scars just to show/Pride is your weakness/I’m brining with me the best of Hell/Everything you fear/Your worst dream/And I’m on your trail/How do you even sleep at night/When the wolf’s at your door/And no one’s in sight.”  He comes across as saying to that person, “You are so full of yourself.  I’m coming after you.  How do you even sleep with yourself, knowing what’s coming?”  The song’s chorus even seems to hint at the noted message as Cunanan and his band mates—Adam Hall (bass, vocals), Nate Walker (drums), and Jorge Sotomarino (guitar)—sing, “Wake Up!/I’m giving you one last chance to run like hell/Before I come/Unleashing the darkest depths/You know you’ve got one minute left.”  In other words, he’s saying to that person, “this is your last warning.  Run now or pay the consequences.”   What is interesting about this is that as aggressive as the song’s lyrical message appears, the song’s musical arrangement doesn’t entirely match that lyrical content.  One would think that a much more aggressive sound would accompany such lyrical content.  Yet somehow the combination of the two elements actually works in this case.  That being the case the song stands out as not just a solid opener for Alien Architect but also a clear example of why this “independent” act deserves as much support as its more mainstream counterparts.  It is not the album’s only standout composition.  ‘He Took Beautiful Away’ stands out among the album’s body of songs just as much as ‘Wolves.’

‘Wolves’ is a standout addition to Alien Architect’s overall presentation.  One wouldn’t think that the song’s musical and lyrical content would work together.  But somehow they do.  And being that they do they make the song a solid opener for the album and, again, one of the album’s most notable compositions.  It isn’t the album’s only notable inclusion.  ‘He Took Beautiful Away’ stands out just as much as ‘Wolves’ but in a completely different fashion.  Whereas ‘Wolves’ boasted a much more driving, confident sound this composition’s musical arrangement is far more emotional in its approach yet no less powerful.  Its arrangement feels based somewhat in its vocal delivery and guitar work.  The album’s companion booklet doesn’t note specifically if Cunanan specifically handled the song’s lead guitar line or if it could be attributed to [Jorge] Sotomarino.  Regardless of who handled the guitar line here, that line couples with Cunanan’s vocal delivery to make a solid foundation for the song.  That is not to ignore the Walker’s work on drums or Hall’s work on bass.  As a matter of fact both men add their own extra touch to the song with their work.  All things considered here the song’s musical arrangement is a good match for its lyrical content.  The song’s lyrical content is just as powerful as its musical content.  It hints at being centered on a woman who has been physically abused.  This can be deducted as Cunanan sings over the song’s equally emotional musical arrangement, “He took beautiful away from you/An empty smile with a vacant soul/How do you find the strength/With all that’s done/To just move on/To just let go?/A word so perfect/That’s from a world that’s so cruel/A feeling so true/And there’s no more hiding in your eyes/He took beautiful away from you.”  This would seem to be a relatively clear story.  Here, audiences meet a woman who has been through hell yet hides it all and keeps on going.  The song’s closing verse hints at this even more as Cunanan sings, “The feelings of worthless/The cost of a fool/You stay so pretty/No on can guess the secrets you hold/I see the corner he chased you to/Is this the place you hide the things you would say/And the things you would do?”  If there was any doubt before about the song’s story, then that final verse completely erases that doubt.  That emotional story, when coupled with the song’s equally emotional musical content makes this song a powerful statement from Another Lost Year.  It makes the song in whole yet another of Alien Architect’s standout compositions, but not its last either.  ‘Best Is Yet To Come’ is yet another one of the album’s key compositions.

‘Wolves’ and ‘He Took Beautiful Away’ are both key inclusions in Alien Architect.  That is due to the songs’ mix of musical and lyrical content.  The songs’ musical content in question varies drastically between the two compositions as do their lyrical content.  The songs’ lyrical content is just as notable because of its stories.  The latter tells a powerful story about what one has to assume is a woman who has been abused.  The other is a more adrenaline fueled piece that makes for a solid opener for the album.  Keeping all of this in mind, both songs prove to be equally important additions to Alien Architect.  They are not the album’s only key compositions.  ‘Best Is Yet To Come’ is yet another of the album’s key compositions.  Listening to this song’s musical arrangement it is perhaps the record’s most radio ready piece with its power chords and catchy hooks.  Those hooks and chords couple with the song’s lyrical content to make it an instant hit for the band.  Speaking of those lyrics, Cunanan’s story (of sorts) is one of a rather strong-willed person; Someone that has been put through the proverbial wringer but refuses to give up and back down.  This is hinted as Cunanan sings, “I won’t back down, I won’t pretend/I’ve given you everything in me/This time you threw it all away/I won’t forgive you/The best is yet to come.”  That’s just the song’s chorus.  He sings in the song’s final verse, “Had the world in the palm of your hand/Held it up like it was a dream/This time was it everything/You know you’re just a pawn in this game you’re playing”  This is a person that was completely wrapped up in himself/herself; so much so that he/she didn’t realize what was going on.  So the song’s subject is putting him/her in his/her place. He is telling that person, “I’ve done everything and given everything.  I’m not doing any more.”  It’s a strong statement.  Yet it isn’t one of those pummeling, screaming statements either.  It is just a solid, confident statement from the song’s subject.  That statement, coupled with the song’s equally confident musical arrangement, makes the song one of the album’s strongest compositions, if not its strongest.  And together with the likes of ‘Wolves’ and ‘He Took Beautiful Away’ all three songs show clearly what makes Alien Architect just as good as any record released by the band’s more well-known counterparts.  It is a record that deserves just as much support as those released by those acts, too.  The rest of the album’s songs not noted here prove that just as much.  All things considered Alien Architect shows in whole to be one of 2016’s top new independent albums.

Another Lost Year’s new album Alien Architect is one of 2016’s top new independent albums.  It is a record that clearly exhibits why independent acts (signed and unsigned) deserve their own share of support.  That is made clear through the record’s collective musical arrangements and its equally insightful lyrical content.  The three songs noted here make the crystal clear.  The songs not noted here could be cited just as much as the compositions noted here to support those statements.  In the end, the combination of the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical content make Alien Architect in whole a record that is not just one of the year’s best new independent releases but also an album proving why independent music deserves just as much support as that played on major radio stations.  It is currently scheduled to be released this Friday, June 10th via EMP Label Group and Mirage M’Hal Records.  The band recently premiered the video for the album’s lead single ‘Wolves’ online.  It can be viewed via YouTube and Vevo.  More information on Alien Architect is available online now along with more information on the band’s upcoming live dates at:

 

Websitehttp://www.whoisALY.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/AnotherLostYear

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/Official_ALY

 

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Behind The Fallen Joins Ellefson’s EMPire

Courtesy:  EMP Label Group/O'Donnell Media Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/O’Donnell Media Group

David Ellefson’s EMP (Ellefson Music Productions) Label Group is growing yet again.

The fledgling label has added yet another band to its already growing stable of artists in the form of Behind The Fallen.  The Orange County, L.A.-based hard rock band recently debuted its new single ‘Satellite’ worldwide.  And this fall the band will release its as yet untitled debut album.  It currently has a date of October 28th set for the album’s release.  Behind The Fallen first broke out in 2011 with the release of its 6-song EP Pages of the Past.  Its release was followed by supporting tours with Assuming We Survive and Trapt, as well as the band’s own headlining schedule.  In 2013 the band released the video for its emo-punk song ‘You’re Just a Friend.’  The video is streaming online now via the band’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPwiz99bdXo.  The song itself presents a distinctly emo-punk sound while the video is a hilarious spoof of all the videos that are so commonplace within the genre.

Front man Johnny Presley discussed the band’s signing to the EMP Label Group in a recent interview.  He discussed the band’s excitement at joining the label’s roster and living up to Ellefson’s expectations in his interview.  “The band is absolutely ecstatic about signing the deal with EMP Label Group,” he said.  We are blown away that David Ellefson of Megadeth has put his faith in us and we are gearing up to make him proud by releasing the greatest album of the year. We are excited to be a part of such a tight knit family and cannot wait to see what the future holds withe the EMPire.”

Audiences can check out the official lyric video for ‘Satellite’ online now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBKHqiZMKQQ.

 

Courtesy:  EMP Label Group/O'Donnell Media Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/O’Donnell Media Group

 

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Website: http://www.behindthefallen.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/behindthefallen

 

 

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TesseracT Joining Gojira For Upcoming North American Tour

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records/eOne

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records/eOne

TesseracT is returning to the U.S. this fall.

The U.K.-based progressive metal band has announced that it will serve as support for Gojira on its upcoming U.S. tour.  The tour is in support of Gojira’s upcoming album Magma, due out Friday June 17th via Roadrunner Records.  As TesseracT front man Dan Tomkins noted in a recent interview, the tour will be the band’s last in support of Polaris, its latest full-length studio recording.  Polaris was released September 18th, 2015.  He also discussed touring with Gojira, noting, “We are thrilled to announce that we will be back in the U.S. and Canada throughout September and October.”  He went on to say, “This will be the final tour of the ‘Polaris’ cycle and we couldn’t think of a better way to do it! This will be our first support tour in a long time and we are very excited to be touring with such a groundbreaking and unique band; it will be an honour to share the stage with them. Gojira have a great and loyal fanbase and we look forward to presenting our live show to them and of course for our own dedicated fans and friends. We will again be running our VIP meet and greets, which are always so much fun, so we hope to shake hands and chat with even more new faces this time around!”

This fall’s upcoming North American tour will mark the first time since last year’s run with The Contortionist, Erra, and Skyharbor.  Tickets for the band’s upcoming live dates go on sale this Friday, May 6th.  They can be purchased online here at each venue’s ticket office.  Special bundle packs can be purchased online here.  Full album streams of Polaris are currently available online now via YouTube at the band’s official website.  Audiences can also view the video for the song ‘Survival’ online via Kscope’s official YouTube channel now.

More information on TesseracT’s upcoming tour is available now online along with the band’s latest news, links to purchase Polaris and more at:

 

Website: http://www.tesseractband.uk.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tesseractband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tesseractband

 

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